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#Access control library for the Lithium framework.


Checkout the code to either of your library directories:

cd libraries
git clone

Include the library in in your /app/config/bootstrap/libraries.php



You must configure the adapter you wish to use first, but once you have it configured it's fairly simple to use.

$access = Access::check('access_config_name', Auth::check('auth_config_name'), $this->request);
if(!empty($access)) {

If the request validates correctly based on your configuration then Access::check() will return an empty array() otherwise it will return and array with two keys; message and redirect. These values are built into the Access class but you can override them but passing them as $options to all three of the adapters in this repository.


In this repository there are three adapters. All three work in a slightly different way.

###Simple Adapter

The simple adapter is exactly what it says it is. The check method only checks that the data passed to is not empty and as a result the configuration is trivial.

    'simple' => array('adapter' => 'Simple')

And that's it!

###Rules Adapter

This adapter effectively allows you to tell it how it should work. It comes with a few preconfigured rules by default but it's very simple to add your own. Its configuration is the same as the Simple adapter if you only want to use the built in methods.

    'rules' => array('adapter' => 'Rules')

Then to deny all requests from the authenticated user.

$access = Access::check('rules', Auth::check('auth_config_name'), $this->request, array('rule' => 'denyAll'));
if(!empty($access)) {

There are four built in rules; allowAll, denyAll, allowAnyUser and allowIp, for more information see the adapter itself. However, this adapter is at it's most useful when you add your own rules.

Access::adapter('custom_rule')->add(function($user, $request, $options) {
    // Your logic here. Just make sure it returns an array.

Then to use your new rule:

$access = Access::check('rules', Auth::check('auth_config_name'), $this->request, array('rule' => 'custom_rule'));

One more to go!

###AuthRbac Adapter

This is the most complex adapter in this repository at this time. It's used for Role Based Access Control. You define a set of roles (or conditions) to match the request against, if the request matches your conditions the adapter then checks to see if the user is authenticated with the appropriate \lithium\security\Auth configurations to be granted access.

It's difficult to explain (I hope that's clear enough) so lets look at an example configuration to try and achive some clarity:

    'auth_rbac' => array(
        'adapter' => 'AuthRbac',
        'roles' => array(
                'requesters' => '*',
                'match' => '*::*'
                'message' => 'No panel for you!',
                'redirect' => array('library' => 'admin', 'Users::login'),
                'requesters' => 'admin',
                'match' => array('library' => 'admin', '*::*')
                'requesters' => '*',
                'match' => array('library' => 'admin', 'Users::login')
                'requesters' => '*',
                'match' => array('library' => 'admin', 'Users::logout')

First we tell it which adapter to use:

'adapter' => 'AuthRbac',

Then we set the roles array. This array is required if you want to use this adapter. The roles are evaluated from top to bottom. So if a role at the bottom contradicts one closer to the top, the bottom will take precedence.

####There are five possible options you can specify for a single role.


A rule used to match (see: AuthRbac::parseMatch()) this role against the request object passed from the check() method. You may use a parameters array where you explicitly set the parameter/value pairs, a shorthand syntax very similar to the one you use when generating urls or even a. Without match being set the role will always deny access.


  • 'Dashboards::index' -> array('controller' => 'Dashboards', 'action' => 'index')
  • 'Dashboards::*' -> array('controller' => 'Dashboards', 'action' => '*') -> Any action in the Dasboards controller.
  • array('library' => 'admin', '*::*'); -> array('library' => 'admin_plugin', 'controller' => '*', 'action' => '*') -> Any controller/action combination under the admin library.


A string or an array of auth configuration keys that this rule applies to. The string * denotes everyone, even those who are not authenticated. A string of admin will apply this to everyone who can be authenticated against the user defined admin Auth configuration. An array of configuration keys does the same but you can apply it to multiple Auth configurations in one go.


Assuming we have an Auth configuration like so:

	'user' => array(
		'adapter' => 'Form',
		'model' => 'User',
		'fields' => array('email' => 'email', 'password' => 'password'),
		'scope' => array('active' => true)
	'editor' => array(
		'adapter' => 'Form',
		'model' => 'Editor',
		'fields' => array('email' => 'email', 'password' => 'password'),
		'scope' => array('active' => true, 'group' => 1)
	'customer' => array(
		'adapter' => 'Form',
		'model' => 'Customer',
		'fields' => array('email' => 'email', 'password' => 'password'),
		'scope' => array('active' => true, 'group' => 2)

Setting 'requester' => array('user', 'customer') would only apply the rule to anyone that could authenticate as a user or customer. Setting 'requester' => '*' would mean that all of these auth configurations and people that are not authenticated would have this role applied to them.


A boolean that if set to false forces a role that would have been granted access to deny access. This way you can apply a rule to everyone and then proceed to exclude requesters manualy.


The Access::check() method is filterable. You can apply the filters in the configuration like so:

    'rule_based' => array(
        'adapter' => 'Rules',
        'filters' => array(
            function($self, $params, $chain) {
                // Filter logic goes here
                return $chain->next($self, $params, $chain);


###Tom Maiaroto

The original author of this library.

Github: tmaiaroto

Website: Shift8 Creative


Wrote the original Rbac adapter.

Github: dgAlien weluse

Website: Weluse


Modified the original Rbac adapter, added some tests and wrote this version of the documentation.

Github: rich97